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Irish injury woes up ante for Boks

by Gavin Rich 09 November 2012, 07:52

As the buildup week to Saturday's test against Ireland at Aviva Stadium has drawn on, so the more convinced the Springboks must have become that they are in the same situation as the Sharks were before the Currie Cup final two weeks ago — in other words, it's for them to lose.

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A few weeks ago this loomed as a tough first assignment for Heyneke Meyer's team on this end of year tour. Ireland may not be as strong as they were a few years back, but they could draw on a clutch of world class British and Irish Lions that on the best of days would have the capability to stretch most opponents on their home field.

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But a lot can change in a short space of time in rugby, and while the Boks have also lost players to injury in the closing stages of the Currie Cup season, Ireland coach Declan Kidney is right when he says that South Africa boast the depth to cover for injuries. It is debatable that Ireland can say the same now that they have lost, among others, two British and Irish Lions captains in Paul O'Connell and Brian O'Driscoll, plus other influential players such as Rob Kearney and Steven Ferris.

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Indeed, no less than seven changes have been made to the Ireland side that last played, and while recognizing that the last performance in question was in fact a 60-0 drubbing by the All Blacks at Waikato Stadium and that in itself would call for voluntary wholesale changes in most countries, for Ireland it just seems a few too many personnel changes.

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And knowing that Ireland are so far below full strength can only mean one thing for the Boks — it ups the ante for them in that this is now most certainly not a game they can afford to lose. For once it is not them that are under-strength, but their opponents, and with the initial weather forecasts for the weekend now appearing to be way off target, suddenly there is no ready-made, inbuilt excuse for the Boks to turn to should they fail.

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The Boks may be a new team but of the two they look the more settled, and maybe that was something coach Meyer had in mind when he announced a side that had a surprising number of survivors from their last match, which was the comprehensive defeat to the All Blacks at Soccer City.

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On the evidence of what happened at Nasrec, you might have expected Meyer to make at least some changes. Midfield would have been one, for promising though he may be as a fullback, Jaco Taute has yet to really look the part of an international class centre. Meyer appears to think as much too, for he has gone on record saying that he sees Taute as a fullback.

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MAN FOR THE BIG OCCASION

Just why Meyer elected to leave out Western Province Currie Cup hero Juan de Jongh is difficult to fathom. One of the reasons was that Taute is bigger and that his size will be helpful in wet conditions, but coming down into Dublin on Thursday on the flight from London what was noticeable was just how dry it is currently.

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All the talk about bad weather remains only that, talk, and those who have been here for the entire week say that the splotches of sunshine peeking through the cloud cover to illuminate part of the Irish Sea have been the norm rather than the exception. It may rain on Saturday evening, but the climatologists aren't betting on it, with Dublin feeling surprisingly mild and temperate for this time of year. So assuming that Meyer took cognizance of the weather before making his selection, it has to be something else that drove his decision to keep all but three of the players who started the losing test at Nasrec. It probably comes down to continuity, the need for combinations to start finding one another and for newcomers to start settling in the big time.

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In that regard, the man who should feel the most pressure on Saturday is flyhalf Patrick Lambie, who has been backed by the coach publicly but not in wholesome, resounding fashion, and who starts this game reminded that Meyer has effectively said this may be his one and only chance to prove he can do it at international level. Lambie has been the man for the big occasion in the past, and there is no reason he shouldn't deliver on Saturday — but still, there is just that nagging feeling that the dice is too heavily loaded in his and the Boks’ favour. And you don't have to think back too far to when last Lambie would have felt that way. That's not a good omen.

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Realistically though the Boks, provided the forwards carry on where they left off towards the end of The Castle Rugby Championship, should just have too much power in the areas where it matters most, and we should be expecting Lambie to take charge in the same way as he did with the Sharks in the 2010 Currie Cup final. If the Boks get the result they are looking for, that is when the experimentation aspect might come into play. Before then though this is just a game they have to win for consideration of where the alternative result will leave them. End of year tours should be more about development than they are and results should perhaps be secondary to the development of the team, but a loss to this Ireland team will be too damaging to morale to provide any kind of benefit.

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TEAMS:

Ireland: 15-Simon Zebo, 14-Tommy Bowe, 13-Keith Earls, 12-Gordon D’Arcy, 11-Andrew Trimble, 10-Jonathan Sexton, 9-Conor Murray; 8-Jamie Heaslip (capt), 7-Chris Henry, 6-Peter O’Mahony, 5-Donnacha Ryan, 4-Mike McCarthy, 3-Mike Ross, 2-Richardt Strauss, 1-Cian Healy
Replacements: 16-Sean Cronin, 17-David Kilcoyne, 18-Michael Bent, 19-Donncha O’Callaghan, 20-Iain Henderson, 21-Eoin Reddan, 22-Ronan O’Gara, 23-Fergus McFadden.

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South Africa: 15-Zane Kirchner, 14-JP Pietersen, 13- Jaco Taute,12- Jean de Villiers (capt), 11- Francois Hougaard, 10-Patrick Lambie, 9- Ruan Pienaar, 8- Duane Vermeulen, 7. Willem Alberts, 6- Francois Louw, 5- Juandre Kruger, 4- Eben Etzebeth, 3- Jannie du Plessis, 2- Adriaan Strauss, 1- Beast Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16- Schalk Brits,17- Pat Cilliers, 18- CJ van der Linde, 19- Flip van der Merwe, 20- Marcell Coetzee, 21- Morne Steyn, 22- Juan de Jongh, 23- Lwazi Mvovo.

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Referee: Wayne Barnes (England).

Kick-off: 7:30pm (CAT, SA, GMT+2).

Prediction: Boks to win by more than 7.

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http://www.supersport.com/rugby/springboks/news/121109/Irish_injury_woes_up_ante_for_Boks

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Entertainment

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The Cape Town World Music Festival
Two days, four stages, 32 acts from across the globe and one rocking annual festival in its inaugural year

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The first annual Cape Town World Music Festival, a celebration of the globe's diverse rhythms and eclectic beats, sounds off from Friday, 9 to Saturday, 10 November 2012 at various stages across the inner-city. The first of its kind, the noteworthy weekend affair will showcase and celebrate some of the best world music artists. The festival is designed not only for the fans of the quasi-traditional genre, but also for general music lovers interested in being introduced to culturally exotic beats from across the world. With more than 32 local and international acts spread over four exceptional stages, this two-day beat brigade will take the Mother City by storm.


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What to expect at the Cape Town World Music Festival

The inner-city festival will take place at Harrington Square, the Assembly and the Mahogany Room and live music stages around the city will offer a range of different world music styles: a free day-time stage; an intimate acoustic/listening space; and a late night Nu World dance stage where you can dance the night way as well as saunter through local craft markets, food stalls and bars. In the build up to the main events, the festival will host a series of music and industry workshops at the Mahogany Room and Red Bull Studios from Tuesday, 6 to Thursday, 8 November (details will be announced closer to the dates).

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Line-up for the Cape Town World Music Festival

  • Beanstalk stage:
    Oliver ‘Tuku’ Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Bholoja (Swaziland), Boom Pam (Israel), DJ Click Band (France), Freshlyground (CPT), Adamu (Angola/CPT), Sylvestre Kabassidi (Congo/CPT), Dirty Bounce (CPT), The Brother Moves On (JHB).
  • Silent Revolution FREE Stage:
    Madosini & Derek Gripper (CPT); Babu (CPT), Mantras4ModernMan (CPT),The Cape Town Tango Ensemble (CPT).
  • Lion's Head Stage:
    Kongo Elektro (Congo, SA), Larry Joe Live (CPT), Rumspringer (CPT), Kanimambo (Israel, Mozambique, Angola, SA), Manouche (CPT), Fletcher (CPT), DJ Mighty (CPT).
  • Nu World:
    Toby2shoes, Ntone Edjabe, Maoriginal, DJ Mighty, Jakob Snake-AfroClap.

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Tickets for the Cape Town World Music Festival

Tickets are available at Webtickets.co.za and at various visitor information outlets across Cape Town, contact Webtickets on +27 (0) 86 122 5598 for more details.

  • The Lion's Head Free Stage will be open on Saturday, 10 November, from 12pm to 7pm.
  • A weekend pass for Friday, 9 and Saturday, 10 November 2012 will set you back R320p/p but will allow you access to all the shows and stages during the festival.
  • Tickets for the Friday shows are R150p/p
  • Tickets for the Saturday shows will cost R250p/p.

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If you're only interested in getting your boogy on, then get a Friday pass to the Nu World Stage at The Assembly for only R80p/p.

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http://www.capetownmagazine.com/out/7-great-things-to-do-in-Cape-Town-this-weekend/116_22_10081

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Body Worlds and the Cycle of Life Exhibition
This internationally renowned ground-breaking exhibition featuring human remains makes its African premiere

The African premiere of the innovative anatomical exhibition Body Worlds and the Cycle of Life comes to Cape Town for a three-month long showing at the Future Exotics Showroom (next to Toy Kingdom) at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town from Wednesday, 31 October 2012 to Thursday, 31 January 2013. Developed by acclaimed, albeit controversial, anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens, the ground-breaking showcase displays real human bodies, individual organs, organ configurations and transparent body slices flawlessly preserved thanks to a revolutionary method known as plastination.

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Aside from providing basic anatomical and physiological insight, this exciting and somewhat macabre journey under the skin also illustrates the effects of certain life-threatening diseases and addictions (tobacco and alcohol consumption) by juxtaposing healthy organs and diseased organs. First presented in Tokyo in 1995, the Body Worlds exhibition series has since traveled to 70 cities around the world and been seen by over 35 million people.

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While the previous Body Worlds exhibits delved into the complexity of the brain and heart and explored how humans develop and age, this Body Worlds and the Cycle of Life exhibition showcases the intricacy, flexibility a

nd susceptibility of our bodies through the anatomical study of how humans react in distress, illness and good health. Dogged by controversy in the past – we'll leave the ethical debate up to you – the Body Worlds exhibition will feature over 200 plastinate specimens (real human bodies) – sourced legally from a body donation programme – as well as a few animals. While the obvious aim of the display is to educate the public about the inner workings of the body, the collection also looks to advocate for positive lifestyle choices (by showing the negative effects of addiction) and to encourage children's interest in life sciences. Whether you're a doctor, student of anatomy or just curious, one thing is certain, this exhibition is one you don't want to miss.

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Ticketing for and Opening Times of Body Worlds Exhibition Cape Town

The exhibit will be open every day from 9am to 7:30pm (last admission) and doors close an hour and a half after the last admission – including on the Day of Reconciliation and on Family Day. Note that on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, doors will open at 9am and the last admission will be at 4pm and on New Year's Day doors will open at 12pm and the last admission will be at 7:30pm.

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Tickets are available through Webtickets.co.za, and advanced booking of tickets is highly recommended. Tickets cost R140p/p for adults, a discounted price of R110p/p is available for seniors (60+) and students, children between 6 and 17 years of age pay R90p/p and children under six enter for free. Save on the family ticket (two adults and two children) and only pay R400. For group discounts and tickets contact +27 (0) 21 418 4115.

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The exhibition is absolutely child-appropriate; there is no minimum age required for entrance but adult supervision for children under the age of 10 is required.

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http://www.capetownmagazine.com/events/Body-Worlds-and-the-Cycle-of-Life-Exhibition/2012-10-31/11_37_54745

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Have a lovely weekend!

From the MyTeeth Team


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